Your dentist has just informed you that you will need a tooth replacement. You are not too sure whether you should choose a crown, bridge, denture, or dental implant as your best option. You decide to go home and do some research before you make a final decision because after all, it is important to have a beautiful smile. After spending a few hours on the Internet doing some serious research you come to a conclusion to choose a dental implant. Why did you make this decision?
The many reasons why you chose a dental implant is because of the numerous benefits. The first reason is that dental implants are effective, safe, and a relatively pain free answer to tooth placement. True, there may be some bruising and swelling soon after the procedure but it will be short lived and after a couple of days barely noticeable. There may be the odd case where the pain seems excessive and if this occurs then it is important to call your dentist immediately.
Another key reason for choosing dental implants is that they are a long-term solution. A traditional tooth supported bridge will usually last for approximately 10 years but there will inevitably be a future time when they will need to be replaced. A dental implant, on the other hand, is a much longer term alternative. There may be occasional adjustments required but a dental implant can last for a lifetime when properly done and maintained. This is perhaps the number one reason why people choose dental implants over any other option.
Another important consideration for choosing a dental implant is that untreated periodontal disease can affect not only your teeth but your entire facial bone structure. Periodontal disease that is not addressed quickly and effectively will compromise your bone structure and face shape. A jawbone that does not have the support of a natural tooth will quickly deteriorate and lose its firmness and strength which will lead to sagging facial features. A dental implant is the only tooth replacement option that stimulates and preserves natural bone which will continue to support your facial bone structure.
It is true that dentures can be a valid option but they will not be as effective as implants. Dentures simply rest on your gums and they do not provide the same bite strength as a replacement that is properly rooted into the bone and gum itself. Dental implants will be rooted directly into the jawbone and they are most like your natural teeth in function and look.
Your family dentist can provide you with a diagnosis of periodontal disease and he will probably recommend a dental implant. He will also provide you with important information about all of the ins and outs of dental implant procedures, maintenance, costs, and so forth. After all, you only have one beautiful smile and it is well worth protecting.
The dental implant procedure is quite simple and there are many dental implant procedures being done throughout the world on a daily basis. Your dentist will begin by examining your mouth and then taking x-rays of your teeth, jaw, and head so as to determine whether a dental implant is right for you. During the first stage of your surgery he will insert an implant into your jawbone directly beneath the gum tissue. The gum tissue will then be stitched back into place. After several months of healing you will be ready for the second stage of surgery.
The second stage of surgery will allow the dentist to attach an abutment to your implant. The abutment is simply a post that will connect from the implant to your replacement tooth. The dentist will then have an artificial replacement tooth made which he will attach to the abutment. This procedure is for a single tooth and if you are replacing all of your teeth or several teeth then you will need to have a fixed bridge anchored to your dental implants.
Once you have made the decision to have your dental implants it is also important to know about the few steps that you will need to take to make sure that your dental implants last for a lifetime. It is important to practice good oral hygiene by flossing and brushing twice a day. Use an interdental brush that can slide between your teeth so as to get to those hard to reach areas.
If you are a smoker it would be very wise for you to quit smoking. Smoking can weaken your bone structure and cause implant failure. Always take the time to visit your dentist at least every 6 months for exams and cleaning. This will be one of the more important things that you can do to ensure your implant’s longevity. Finally, try not to chew on hard foods such as hard candy or ice because of the damages they can cause to your natural teeth or a crown.